It’s been a year filled with travels, writing and learning blogging basics. I’m not a journalist and I’m not a student of English language, I don’t know how to edit html code, I’ve never heard of SEO before I started this blog, I had no clue how wordpress works. But the important thing is that during the first year of The Journey Journal’s existence I’ve learnt a lot about all of those things…and, I’m still here, blogging.
If I don’t count Slovakia and Sweden, which I currently consider my home countries, I’ve travelled to six other countries.
Sweden and my expat life
Except for travelling abroad, I did a couple of trips within Sweden and I visited many new place in Stockholm. I experienced Swedish traditions and tried Swedish recipes.
- Wildlife spotting in Sonfjället Mountains, Sweden
- Volunteering for the Arctic Fox Project
- Top 10 things to do in Stockholm
- Swedish Midsummer strawberry cake
27 favourite photographs
I shared my favourite photographs with you (almost) every Sunday in the Sunday Shot.
And… what’s next?
I’m taking it easy for a while and I’m not planning any trips right now. I’m waiting what comes, because my trips seem to happen without too much effort on my side. Either I find an interesting course/conference, my supervisor asks me to go on an expedition to the Arctic or some friends move abroad and I, of course, have to go visit them.
So far the only trip that I’m planning for next year is a 110-km hike through Northern Sweden called Fjällräven Classic. It’s a very popular hike organized by just as popular Swedish outdoor brand Fjällräven. The trail follows Kungsleden, the King’s trail, a 440-km trail stretching accross Sweden. In Fjällräven Classic you carry your equipment, but receive food and fuel on six checkpoints, so that it doesn’t get too heavy. There were 2000 spots and now the registration is closed because all of them are booked.
In July, I will attend the TBEX Europe. TBEX, Travel Blog Exchange, is one of the most important conference for travel bloggers. Reading all the posts and updates from this year’s TBEX in Barcelona, I really felt sorry I couldn’t be there to experience it. As a miracle, in 2016 TBEX is coming to me and it will be taking place in Stockholm!
What is there for you to look forward to?
I will write about a couple of trips that I still didn’t have time to document. I haven’t finished writing about our New Zealand road trip and there are some amazing pictures I’m looking forward to showing you. I want to share my unique experiences from the Arctic expedition to Northern Greenland and Ellesmere Island, to places that only very few people ever visited. I will tell you about life on board of probably the best icebreaker in the world, Oden. I have some great stories and useful information from my short trips to Czech Republic, Austria or Finland.
I’m planning to give a bit more space to food. I want to introduce you to Slovak national cuisine, my discoveries about Swedish national cuisine and I also want to share my favourite recipes of some traditional dishes like Italian tiramisu and New York cheesecake.
Other topic that I want to write more about is science. No, don’t worry, I’m not going to convert to scientific papers, but I want to explain what being a biologist means, how my typical day looks like (you might be surprised that I actually spend most of the time in front of a computer) and what I’m studying.
Time for giveaways!
I’ve teamed up with GPSmyCity and we are bringing you 20 full-version City Walks Apps of your choice.
Each City Walk App includes a city map and several self-guided sightseeing tours. It’s a great source of inspiration, it saves time for trip planning and money for expensive guides. The app doesn’t require internet connection, so you don’t waste money for roaming. Note! Unfortunately, the promo codes for City Walk Apps are currently only available for iOS (iPhone, iPad) users.
You can find out more about GPSmyCity and their City Walk Apps here.
You will be able to choose a City Walk App of your choice from an incredible selection of cities, so wherever you are planning to travel, you have a good chance of finding what you need.
a Rafflecopter giveaway
The only mandatory requirement is to leave a comment and let me know what you like about The Journey Journal, what you would like to read about, what you are missing on the blog, what kind of information you find useful or just what are you travel plans for the next year. You can also get extra points for following The Journey Journal on Facebook and Twitter, and also for retweeting the info about the contest on Twitter.
20 City Walk Apps will go to participants who accumulate the most points and if there are people with the same amount of points, I will draw the winners randomly.
The giveaway will run from November 5 to November 30. After that, I will contact the winners who can choose a City Walk App and they will receive promo codes to download the app.